We’ve realised that when something in life is thrown your way out of your control, we all have different ways of dealing with it. Wellness isn't one size fits all, so we’ve touched on a range of different tips that work for some of us in our team here. We’re all different, and we’d love to know what works for you. One thing that’s clear during this time is that we’re fortunate to have technology to keep connected and inspire and support each other from wherever we are. We’ve launched our own Rota Community, which is a space for just this, where anyone can access and is welcome to get involved. Here’s a snippet of what wellness means to us here at Rota.

Don’t be too harsh on yourself

Wellness tips can lose our attention very quickly because the fact is, sometimes we just don’t feel like doing the things we know they’re going to tell us to do. Somedays all you’re going to feel like doing is cosying up and binge watching a series, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that! Wellness is about everything in moderation, accepting yourself and what feels good for you, not comparing yourself to others and when you feel ready, taking steps no matter how big to achieve what you want. Listen to your body, go with your gut and expand your mind. Know that when you’re in a good place within yourself, you’ll truly feel like working towards your goals, and it’s totally normal not to feel this way everyday.

Connect

We’re fortunate enough to have many ways to stay connected with our loved ones even when it is not possible to meet face to face. Support yourself and each other by staying in good touch with friends and family. Try video calls, and make sure to check in with people you know who may be alone, particularly the elderly people in your life. We’ve also launched our Rota Community Page, which you can get involved in here . It’s a virtual community, everyone is welcome to join. From charities, to podcasts to workout videos you can try at home, we hope we can inspire you during this time to keep connected and get involved as we get through this uncertain time together.

Declutter Your Home

‘Clutter’ is an accumulation of items we never, or no longer use, creating untidy looking piles in our homes. We tend to store items we perhaps at the time felt guilty getting rid of, or because we didn’t have time to sort through it all. This clutter has actually been linked to impacting our mental and physical health. If you’re now finding yourself with more free time on your hands at home, try going a little ‘Marie Kondo’ style for a day; donate old clothes, books, sort through receipts and clear that clutter build up in spaces you spend time in. If you’re working from home, try to regularly de-clutter your working space in particular. Tidy papers, clean up files on your computer and clear mugs off your desk at the end of each day. For more working from home tips, head here.

Prioritise Self-Care

Self-care is unique to everyone. Think of it as something you do that keeps your mind in the moment, rather than drifting to worries and stress. It’s different for every person and that is okay. What is it for you? From going to a yoga class to seeing live music, or from playing an instrument to reading a book, we all have different activities that bring our minds to a calmer place. If it needs adapting, make the change. Your gym classes can become virtual at home, you can stream live gigs, take a bath, join an online book club. Your options are endless, just ensure you make some ‘me time’ for yourself everyday. It’s not something to feel guilty about, it’s essential for your health and mental resilience.

Have you got children?

Tips can sound great, but perhaps they aren’t as easy to take on for parents who are adjusting to having children at home more. Whether that’s trying to homeschool your kids or figure out the best way to inform them about why there is a disruption to their usual lives, it can be a real challenge that no parent could have really prepared for. Know that you aren’t alone, many parents are feeling this way. Reach out and stay connected to each other. There are great online resources to help navigate through this, such as tips of how to talk to your children about what is going on. If you’re not already, get your kids to use up some of that energy tuning into Joe Wicks’ free 30 minute live streamed PE class at 9am GMT weekdays.

Mindset Matters

It’s very normal to experience negative thoughts, whether something external in life brings them on, or perhaps you just wake up some days not feeling as good as you normally do. Everyone feels this way from time to time and there is no shame in it. It’s healthy to check in with yourself mentally. If you are feeling perhaps more sad, anxious, stressed or unmotivated than usual, know that you are not alone and usually this is something that will pass. If you notice negative feelings sticking around for a while, know it’s very healthy to seek some support. Reach out to friends, family or people you trust to talk about how you feel, and know that there’s also simple ways to get professional support and assistance too. NHS Every Mind Matters

Move

We’re all probably familiar with the array of research around linking movement with our physical and mental health. You’ve probably even tried and tested it yourself. You may not feel like exercising, but we bet after you never regret it, probably because of those feel-good hormones it releases. You don’t need to turn into a yogi or do crossfitter overnight, unless you want to. Find something you love and do that, even be chores around the house count! Importantly, don’t get too hung up on numbers. Movement is highly beneficial but stressing yourself out about how much you are doing is unhelpful. Take it day by day and listen to your body. Once you get started no matter what it is we guarantee you’ll feel better for it. Here’s a free home work-out you can try that you’ll only need a chair for, created by one of our very own Members. Home Work-out

Eat Well

It’s no surprise what we put into our bodies affects our mood, energy, sleep and more. We don’t mean go on drastic diets, just try to prioritise nutritious meals in your diet to make you feel good. Take advantage of being home more so you can prepare food yourself, avoiding processed meals. Load up on healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds so if you are prone to snacking more at home it’s not going to leave you sluggish. Again, remember to treat yourself from time to time and don’t get fixated on numbers. It’s all about a healthy balance!

Please let us know if you gave any of these a go, or if you’ve got some of your own we can try over on our Facebook and Instagram.

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